Vermaelen completes Barca move

first_img The 28-year-old, who has played 150 times for Arsenal in five seasons, has switched the Emirates Stadium for the Nou Camp after putting pen to paper on the contract that will see him join the Primera Division club. Barcelona said in a statement on their website: “Thomas Vermaelen is now officially an FC Barcelona player. Defender Thomas Vermaelen has completed his move to Barcelona after signing a five-year deal on Sunday. “A few minutes past 11:15am, the player signed a contract with the Catalan club. It is an agreement that binds him with the club for the next five seasons, until 2018/19.” Barcelona agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign the player on Saturday, with both clubs announcing the news. Arsenal confirmed Vermaelen passed his medical in Barcelona earlier that day. The fee is undisclosed for a player who had been club captain for the Barclays Premier League side for the past two seasons but was frequently on the bench last term, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the first-choice pairing at centre-back. He made only 13 starts in all competitions and 21 appearances in total for Arsenal during the campaign, which concluded with him being an unused substitute in the Gunners’ FA Cup final victory over Hull as they collected their first trophy in nine years. Vermaelen was initially an integral part of the London club’s defence after signing from Ajax in 2009, but form and fitness have subsequently put his starting spot in jeopardy. Vermaelen had been linked with Manchester United, but it is understood that Arsenal proposed a swap deal which the Red Devils were not prepared to do. While indicating on Thursday that United were among the clubs to have made an offer for Vermaelen, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also said he would prefer any sale to be made to an overseas side. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Betsson promotes Abby Rachel Cosgrave to group General Counsel

first_imgShare TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Share Abby Rachel CosgraveThe board of Stockholm-listed Betsson AB has confirmed the promotion of Abby Rachel Cosgrave to the position of Vice President of Legal for Betsson AB and General Counsel for Betsson Malta.Cosgrave has been an executive team member of Betsson AB since 2014, primarily acting as Group Legal Counsel as well as serving the operator as Acting General Counsel as of September 2016.Appointed as group General Counsel, Cosgrave will act as legal lead for Betsson operations and will be a key stakeholder in the firms licensing processes and regulatory strategy.Cosgrave has previously worked as in-house legal counsel for international media firm NBC Universal Networks and retailer JD Sports Fashion.Updating investors and corporate stakeholders Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and President of Betsson AB commented on the promotion of Cosgrave;“With the increased regulatory complexity in the gaming market, legal affairs is a business critical issue. Abby has vast experience from the gaming and leisure industry and also a comprehensive understanding of Betsson. Her contribution to the business since she joined Betsson has been very valuable. I look forward to continuing working with Abby”. Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more